PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni will on Sunday open the Commonwealth Peopleâ€™s Forum at Hotel Africana in Kampala. The four-day event under the theme â€˜Realising the Peopleâ€™s Potential,â€™ will be held alongside an exhibition of cultural crafts and artifacts.
Over 600 participants from Uganda and other commonwealth civil society groups are expected to discuss issues affecting their work during the event.
The Commonwealth Foundation secretary-general, Don McKinnon, and director Mark Collins will also address the audience.
The peopleâ€™s space coordinator, Anne Babinaga, said the success of the forum would indicate an overall success of the Commonwealth summit scheduled for November 23. It is a free event where members of the public and NGOs will air out their views.
Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the peopleâ€™s space, including students and local and international artists.
â€œMore groups are still registering, and this will continue to the last hour of the event,â€ Babinaga said.
Warren Nyamugasira, the chairperson of peopleâ€™s forum steering committee, said the event â€œwill offer an opportunity to the public, to discuss issues that affect them.â€
Topics include education, environment, gender equality, and the engagement of the youth in development.
â€œUgandans should expect lasting partnerships, to unlock and unleash their potential,â€ he said.
Museveni to open 2007 Peopleâ€™s Forum